A Roof Made From Straw? Thatching Is Better Than You Think!

Posted on: 6 December 2017

A thatched roof may seem like something from a fairytale rather than from real life. A roof made from straw? That could not possibly offer any protection… right? Well, not exactly. Thatched roofs were used for thousands of years across Europe and in some parts of Asia, and they were popular because they worked. A big bad wolf can't blow down a thatched roof, and even rain is not the threat you might think it would be! Here's a closer look at some concerns you might have about thatched roofing, along with its benefits:

Won't thatched roofs let in the rain?

Water would surely soak through a loose pile of straw, but if you look at the straw after it has become exposed to water, you'll notice that it has not really absorbed much of the liquid. Rather, there's an outer coating on the straw that naturally sheds water. If you pack straw tightly together, as in a thatched roof, water tends to run right off the surface. Only the outer inch or two of a thatched roof ever become wet.

Why don't thatched roofs blow away?

A few strands of straw might blow off the thatched roof in a harsh wind. But by and large, the straw is secured to the roof because it is encased in a wire mesh netting. It's also very closely packed together, so the long strands tend to hold each other in place.

What are the benefits of a thatched roof?

For one, thatched roofs are a very eco-friendly choice. In a world where so many materials either require harsh chemicals to produce or leach toxins into the earth when they are disposed of, thatched roofs do neither. Straw is a plant, and it breaks down cleanly when it reaches the end of its life.

Thatched roofs also have a very rustic, cottage appeal. Can you imagine a more suitable roof for a little cabin in the woods? A thatched roof makes it seem like something from a storybook, and if that's the look you're going for, there is simply no substitute.

Thatched roofing is not as common as it once was, but it is making a comeback in some natural-living and green-building communities. Look for a thatcher near you, and explore it as an option. You won't get wet or have your roof blow off, after all. And you will be doing the planet a favor by choosing a natural roof material.

Contact a company like Versatile  Roofing for more information and assistance.